Blogs

Hewlett Report Evaluates Impact and Reach of its Performing Arts Grantmaking

In a blog post by John McGuirk, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced a report assessing the progress of their Performing Arts Program:

2015 marked the mid-point of our current Performing Arts strategic framework, which runs from 2012-2017, and lays out the goals of our grantmaking, as well as measures for how we’ll evaluate our progress. … A key question for us in commissioning this assessment was which geographic and demographic communities have benefitted from Hewlett Foundation support and where are the gaps?
Strategies for Philanthropic Organizations to Address Workplace Diversity

By Vikki N. Spruill and Diana Campoamor, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

In philanthropy, creating a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences of the communities we strive to serve builds public trust in our field, helping to counter skepticism about philanthropy’s value. … Yet the latest data from the Council on Foundations Grantmakers’ Salary and Benefits research confirm that the rate of underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities and, to a certain extent, women in leadership roles, in our field has not significantly improved over the past five years.
Neal Cuthbert of The McKnight Foundation to Retire this Year

In an email sent to colleagues this morning, The McKnight Foundation president Kate Wolford announced that Neal Cuthbert will retire from his position as vice president of program at the end of the year. Cuthbert served on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts from 1999 to 2003. The following letter is republished here with permission from The McKnight Foundation.

New from the GIA Reader: Telling It Slant

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Cara Mertes of the Ford Foundation discusses the role of film and filmmakers in creating social change in Telling it Slant: Leadership, Justice, and the Art of Film.

LA County Arts Commission Publishes Literature Review on Cultural Equity in the Arts

As part of their Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the LA County Arts Commission has released a literature review on cultural equity and inclusion in the arts. The literature review investigates how various organizations across the United States address diversity in the following areas:

  • Boards of Directors in Arts and Culture Organizations
  • The Arts and Culture Workforce
  • Audiences and Programming
  • Culturally Specific Arts Organizations
Mike Kelley Foundation Announces Inaugural Artist Project Grant Recipients

Mike Kelley Foundation has announced the recipients of its first formal funding initiative, called the Artist Project Grant. The foundation has awarded a total of $310,000 to nine nonprofits is Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the grants are meant to support artists who are creating cutting edge projects, particularly work that’s been overlooked or that has seen logistical or funding challenges.”

Regina Smith to lead Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program

Regina R. Smith has been named managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program following a national search. Smith has been with the The Kresge Foundation since 2008 as a program officer and senior program officer, working to advance the deliberate integration of arts and culture into community development through creative placemaking. She has been interim managing director of the Arts & Culture Program since July 2015.

Sarah Lutman Interviews Jerome Foundation President Ben Cameron

By Sarah Lutman, writing for Twin Cities Business:

Ben Cameron became president of the St. Paul-based Jerome Foundation in January. He previously led Target’s giving in the arts and most recently worked in New York for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, one of the nation’s largest arts funders. ... [Twin Cities Business] spoke to Cameron recently to learn about the Jerome Foundation’s vision for arts funding.
Washington Regional Assn. of Grantmakers Shares Resources from Racial Equity Learning Series

Resources from Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' Putting Racism on the Table learning series are available online. The series is a monthly convening of philanthropic CEOs and trustees to explore key elements of racism. Video from the first convening of the series, a presentation on structural racism by john a. powell, is available along with a discussion guide and other resources for grantmakers.

What Does It Mean for Artists to Sustain a Career in the Gig Economy?

In his post on Creativz.us, Steven J. Tepper offers four pieces of advice for institutions to better support artists in the gig economy:

To support artists and creative workers in the future, we must reinvent and repurpose our arts infrastructure, tap into new revenue streams and train and prepare artists to be enterprising, deploying their creative talents across multiple roles and sectors.